The National Product Catalogue was developed by GS1 Australia in association with the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), and now more than 330 companies are using the service.
Endorsed by all state, territory and federal Health Departments, the National Product Catalogue provides a single source of item master data for public health institutions seeking to purchase medicines, medical devices and other necessary healthcare items.
The catalogue is hosted on the GS1net synchronisation service, and is now being used successfully by companies to tender to supply healthcare products to Australian healthcare jurisdictions.
In 2009, Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV) requested that suppliers wishing to tender to supply pharmaceutical products provide data in the format of the National Product Catalogue Browser Template.
For HPV this resulted in a 60 per cent improvement in data matching with items in the current contract, significantly increasing the confidence in the financial impact statements for the Victorian Hospitals’ pharmaceutical costs.
The NSW health jurisdiction now also requires that suppliers use the National Product Catalogue Browser Template to tender for pharmaceuticals, and is moving forward with other tenders including bandages.
WA Health also plans to require suppliers to use the NPC Browser Template to tender to supply intraocular lenses.
GS1 Australia COO and Deputy CEO Mark Fuller explains that the successful use of NPC data in tenders has been a long-term goal of the project.
“The NPC is also providing suppliers and health jurisdictions with additional benefits including rapid, standardised item and price synchronisation and improved data accuracy as all data is validated against a set of industry business rules,” he adds.